Education & Training
140 Methusa Ave., Bldg. 2453
The Education and Training Center section provides a variety of educational programs offering associate through master’s degrees, educational guidance, counseling services, military tuition assistance, and civilian academic degree and certificate training programs.
Two colleges, Cerro Coso College and Embry-Riddle University, have offices on base and offer classes and degree programs to the Edwards community. American Military University/American Public University will be adding to Edwards’ on-base colleges early next year.
The training section provides a variety of services for Edwards’ military and civilian members to obtain mission-related training. The training section is the focal point for the Acquisition Professional Development Program and tracks and report training requirements. The section manages the certification and training for the acquisition coded workforce ensuring established standards for certification, acquisition, leadership and occupational competencies are met. The section also supports the continuous learning programs. The training section develops the Annual Installation Training Plan and publishes the Installation Training Guide. The guide can be found on the Edwards SharePoint at https://cs3.eis.af.mil/sites/24828/default.aspx.
Additionally, the section manages, tracks and reports stats for all ancillary training, mandatory supervisory training and other pop-up training requirements. The section also supports the Air Force civilian development education, leadership training and the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE) training.
The training section staff assists management in assessing needs, creating and maintaining individual development plans, and determining optimum delivery methods to support base training requirements. The section manages Priority 1 and Priority 2 training requirements for the test wing units as well as the Long-Term Full-Time and Academic Degree and Certification Training Part-Time. The LTFT program offers civilian employees opportunities to receive full-time training for 120 days, maintains training to give Edwards a leading edge in technology and encourages maximum development of Edwards employees to keep skills and expertise up-to-date to benefit the Air Force test wing. ADCT-PT is locally developed and is a competitive academic degree program that provides Air Force Test Center and the 412th Test Wing appropriated funds for civilians to have the opportunity to receive tuition support for approved bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The 412th Test Wing Civilian Advisory Board for Career Development approves the ADCT-PT programs.
The formal training section staff provides oversight for all military mandatory AFSC awarding schools. They coordinate all requests with the command and Air Force Personnel Center, and assist unit training managers with their member’s requests and completion of orders. The program ensures each individual is prepared to meet Air Force mission requirements. Training programs for the total force are developed using the continuum of learning. The section tracks military personnel’s skill-level training requirements and ensures that they complete all mandatory training for promotion. The section tracks and schedules members for TDY to school, and coordinates specialized training requirements needed for members to meet mission changes with Air Force career field managers.
The base training manager ensures programs are in place to manage upgrade, qualifications, in-garrison and ancillary training for military personnel. The Base Training Program and professional military training section staff work with commanders, first sergeants and unit training managers to arrange for military members and eligible civil service employees to attend the NCO Academy, Senior NCO Academy, Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Recruiting for on-base seminars in the latter two schools is conducted annually starting in May and June, respectively.
Base training also manages and administers Distance Learning Professional Military Education Course 14/15 and Career Development Course exams. The section also provides status of training reports to the test wing commander and chief, and ensures reports are forwarded to the MAJCOM. The section conducts staff assistance visits to units to ensure they manage the base training program effectively. They conduct quarterly or as-needed training for unit training managers and ensure that any on-the-job training is conducted and documented.
The military testing section staff administers the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) exams, as well as the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, Air Force Classification Test, Test of Basic Aviation Skills, Defense Language Aptitude Test and Defense Language Aptitude Battery.
Voluntary Education Program
The Voluntary Education Program supports force development by maintaining a highly educated workforce. The program supports off-duty voluntary education goals for regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve airmen. Voluntary education is comprised of four core functions that are essential in accomplishing the mission and reaching the vision. The program provides academic counseling and testing services as well as professional military education testing, military tuition assistance and program management.
5 W. Yeager Blvd., Bldg. 2665
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and closed federal holidays.
The base library stocks an assortment of learning materials, including books, periodicals, movies on DVD and Blu-ray, books on CD and MP3, and music CDs. The STEM Discovery Center for children K-12 includes a 3-D printer. The online catalog is available from the library’s website at http://edwardsfss.com/wordpress/library. Computers with internet access, Wi-Fi, and copy and fax machines are available for public use. The library also offers interlibrary loan services, proctoring services and access to online services such as Language Learning, Overdrive, Universal Class and several databases. The library has a dedicated children’s room that houses a collection of children’s materials, hosts reading programs and provides services for children up to 12 years of age. The library also maintains an off-site book collection at the Teen Center.